How to Become Successful As a Single Parent

As a single parent, you will face some struggles, challenges, and joys over the past couple of years. This article provides steps and advice to become a successful single parent.


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    Have a positive outlook on life - This step applies to anyone in any situation. As a single parent you will encounter many challenges, struggles, and joys. Facing and going through these experiences might change your outlook on life, either in a positive or a negative way. Keeping a positive attitude is key in becoming a successful single parent.
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    Be patient - patience is the number one rule when it comes to kids. Don’t worry about the little things like dirty hands or dishes; you will get to them. You want to be able to spend all the time you can with your child/ren playing, teaching and learning in a positive setting.
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    Show love and affection - don’t be afraid to give your child/ren lots of hugs and kisses. They need to know that you believe they are the most important thing in your life. Show them and tell them how special they are each and every day.
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    Research your Childcare - as a single parent the option of not working is off the table; you will have to trust others to take care of your child/ren when you can't. If your family or friends can't watch your child/ren, make sure you research the daycare places you are looking into. Check their backgrounds and ask all the needed questions; this will help provide a safe environment for your child/ren.
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    Accept help from others - as the saying goes, it takes a village to raise a child. If family members and/or friends are willing to help, don’t turn them down, thinking that you can raise your child/ren on your own. Any extra help from people you trust will help with the challenges that arise.
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    Manage your time wisely - create a schedule that works for you and your child/ren. This schedule should focus on making time for your child/ren and work. Then pencil in other priorities and activities.
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    Acquire a strong work ethic - you need a strong work ethic to become a successful single parent. Remember: you are not only working for your needs and wants, but your child’s as well. You want to be able to provide your child/ren with the best life and that requires money in most societies.
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    Be supportive of your child/ren’s hopes and dreams - let your child/ren know that they are capable of anything they put their mind to, even if it is not something you are interested in. Go to your child/ren’s activities to show them that you support what they are doing. Be there for them when it doesn’t work out exactly the way they wanted to.
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    Let your child/ren know how important education is - keep the lines of communication open with your child/ren’s school. Make talking to teachers a priority and then make sure you communicate with your child on ways they can improve their education. Children need to see that home to school connection so that they take it seriously.
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    Take some time out for yourself - everyone needs time to themselves to stay sane. This time might be taking a relaxing bath, watching your favorite television show, or spending the day at the spa with your friends. Whatever it is, make sure you are doing it for yourself.
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  • Be a positive role model.
  • Your child's emotional strength is nearly entirely based upon YOUR emotional strength and how you cope with it. Be the guide you always wanted as a child.
  • Stay focused and don't let the little things get in your way and affect your family.
  • Stay organized; use a planner to write down all the family's activities.
  • Spend time with your child/ren.
  • Remember that your family is your number 1 priority.
  • Don’t take others for granted if they are willing to help out; always thank them and show your gratitude.
  • Limit the mass media intake for your family.
  • Use positive Discipline.
  • Always trust your instincts; the minute you don't you are in trouble.
  • Check the weather. It has always helped me manage the indoor and outdoor activities. If it's going to rain on Saturday and you plan on going to the park, you might want to go on a day when it's sunny out.

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